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The Cy Young Award has been awarded to the best pitcher in the MLB since 1956. In 1967, the MLB adopted a format that hands out two Cy Young awards. One for the American League, and one for the National League. That means from 1967 until the present there have been 90 awards handed out.
Sixteen pitchers have won the award multiple times. Of those 16, five have won it in both leagues. Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry are the only ones to accomplish that feat in the 56-year history of the award.
After this season, there could be one more name on the list. Last years AL winner, David Price is still pitching in Tampa Bay. So it is up to R.A. Dickey to add his name to the record books.
Pitching consistently at such a high level for two straight years is no small feat, but it has been done eight times previously. Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson have each won four straight Cy Young Awards in their careers. So, what’s a measly two straight?
Dickey’s critics will say that a domed stadium is knuckleball kryptonite. And even if he can pitch decently in the Rogers Centre, he will not be able to dominate batters like he did last year. His supporters will quote Dickey’s start in 2012 at Tropicana Field where he threw a one-hit complete game with 12 strikeouts.
Dickey has a very legitimate shot at becoming only the sixth player in MLB history to win a Cy Young in both the AL and NL. He would become the first player to do it in back-to-back years.